There were four great speakers. Marla Frazee gave a very entertaining presentation of her new book: God got a dog, a book of poems described by Kirkus Reviews as " Funny, devout and oh, so human...".
Sara Farizan presented her latest book: If You Could Be Mine described by Publishers Weekly in a starred review: "This provocative coming-of-age story takes place in contemporary Iran, where the sight of a woman’s elbows can provoke police action; homosexuality, “a bargain made with the devil,” carries threats of beating and hanging; but being transsexual is recognized by the government as a treatable illness."
Tone Almhjell came all the way from Oslo, Norway to share with us her debut novel: The Twistrose Key. Inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien, Almhjell has created a rich, complex fantasy/adventure described by Kirkus Reviews as "Fantasy that evokes the classics of yore and stands proudly among them."
The 4th speaker, Andrew Smith, showed us slides of bloody rugby matches from his personal past in presenting his new young adult novel: Winger, a brutally honest coming-of-age novel about a 14-year-old, rugby-playing junior which Kirkus Reviews describes as "Bawdily comic but ultimately devastating, this is unforgettable."
We all took home signed copies of these and the books from the other authors & illustrators in attendance.